Beyond Burger Flipping: Enriching Jobs for Teens

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Beyond Burger Flipping: Enriching Jobs for Teens
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For teens, summer usually means long days in the sun hanging out with friends. But for many teens, it also means a chance to earn cash. Teens can also use this opportunity to do something a bit more. They can work in a job that not only helps them earn some spending money, but also allows them to give back to others. In addition to the fulfillment that these jobs provide, they also offer valuable experience.

Be Campy
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Be Campy

During the summer, there are many camps that pop up: day camps, week-long camps and sleep-away camps. From arts and drama camps to sports and adventure camps, they cover every topic imaginable. Teens can work as camp counselors, instructors or staff members who pitch in as needed. Along the way, they'll help young children learn new skills, explore various interests and make great childhood memories.

Aid the Hospital
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Aid the Hospital

Teens who like helping others may find opportunities in the local hospital. Although not all jobs involve patient interaction, they all contribute to patient care. From the gift shop and cafeteria to the mailroom and janitorial staff, every job touches those in the hospital, including patients, visitors, doctors, nurses and support staff.

Work in the Community
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Work in the Community

Youth community centers offer a variety of programs year round, but many have extra programming during the summer. Therefore, they provide a great opportunity for part-time work. Mentoring kids, running day camps and helping with the day-to-day operations are some of the ways teens can earn a little cash while having an impact. Of course, they may have a bit of fun, too!

Get Outside
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Get Outside

For teens who have an interest in history, ecology or just the great outdoors, working at a state or national park is a great way to indulge their passion while serving the community. Teens could work as tour guides, office workers, gift shop attendants or maintenance staff.

Share Knowledge
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Share Knowledge

Do you know a teen who loves history, science, math or writing and always make great grades in those subjects? Why not encourage him to capitalize on those achievements and help others who struggle to complete their homework? Tutoring is a great way to earn money while helping others. Plus, it's a nice addition to those college applications.

A Charitable Cause
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A Charitable Cause

Running a charity takes a lot of time, effort and workers. Teens can be a part of this process by seeking out employment with a charity that appeals to their interests. Working in the office, helping with fundraising events or running errands are just some ways that teens can contribute to a favorite charity while making a little money.

Help Elders
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Help Elders

Taking care of senior citizens in nursing homes requires many workers: health care professionals, office staff, entertainment providers, cafeteria employees and more. Teens could pitch in by taking residents outside, reading to them or assisting with special events. Encourage teens to talk with a local nursing home to find out what its specific needs are.

Time to Associate
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Time to Associate

There are many associations and organizations that help others, do innovative research and strive to improve this world. With so many options, teens are sure to find one that is a good match for their interests. They can chip in by answering phones, helping with mail or sweeping floors. No matter the task, they definitely will be filling a vital role in helping the association or organization achieve its goals.

Love the Animals
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Love the Animals

Many teens love animals and have their own pets. Working in a vet's office or animal shelter gives teens a chance to explore this passion. From feeding and grooming to exercising and just holding the animals, there are many aspects of animal care that teens can tackle. Animal shelters are an especially great place to help take care of animals in need.

Join the Kids
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Join the Kids

Kids require a lot of attention and care. Providing that attention and care requires a lot of stamina, which is why daycare centers make an ideal employment choice for teenagers. Not only can teens keep up with the little ones, but they'll also have plenty of fun along the way. Plus, the young children will eat up the attention they get from the big kids.

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